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    Some feedback and direction; if you would kindly.

    Started this last night; no real grandiose plan for it just for fun and for a change from my obsession with winter. Any comments would be great; i'm thinking of trowing in some man made structures somewhere down the line. If you are commenting on one of my pieces, please don't be afraid to post something extreme in regards to compositional alteration and such; i love to rip stuff apart for learning purposes. Cheers.

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    just do a lot of these real fast, thatd probably help you more. take no more than 30 mins each.

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    What VK said.

    Though, did you do this from a photo or your imagination? If it's from a photo, yeah, do lots. I promise I'll follow my own advice soon. Oops.

    If it's something you came up with on your own, maybe concentrate more on the composition and placement of things and the light. Everything is kind of sloping off to the bottom left corner and the cliffs feel like they're blocking the distance. There's not much variation in the light - reflections on the water and shadows on the cliffs etc - so it all feels kind of flat too.

    Anyway, those were just some thoughts that came to me while looking at it. You don't have to apply them to this one, just hope they help a little for future paintings.

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    Thanks VK, I'm on it.

    Candra - This was from imagination. Yeah my comps are bad; I've bought a few books on comp, I've got a lot of books to get through over the coming months. And that is a high priority of mine. It's still pretty early on, I'll work on the image after i do as VK suggested.

    Here's the first half hour speed paint. To start I'm just going to do some speed greyscales. Please any advice would be champion!

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    that ones looking good. maybe watch making near and distant shapes similar in subjective size and proportion, kind makes a sort of tangenty type thing where the two forms resonate for no reason.

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    Love you having here, as a draft, I think the problem is how far you can push them.

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    VK - Yeah i keep doing that. My problem is that I'm all like "it's fantasy so everything in the background is monolithic, so as stuff recedes it gets bigger so stays the same size graphically".

    fxEVo - Thanks, It's probably going to stay a draft.

    Two 30 second speeds. The first one went a bit wrong and i spent like 20 minutes on something that looked crap so i totally erased it.

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    Keep going man! You come up with interesting light and dark value patterns and that is key to solid landscape painting. Like VK said do more, just crank these out, don't let your hand stop just keep going. It's the best way to build up a technique and confidence.

    On that last one, think about how the trail of people can lead you into the scene. There's all this dead space on the right, why not have the trail of people going down to the right, around a bend and then up the hill to the castle. Good stuff though, once you understand value and composition, you'll be in a much better place to add color.

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    Hmmm, I think 30 seconds is too much pushy, you have some good results that some people maybe struggle even at 10-20 mins but I dont think that will help much as practice, its maybe good for figure practice but for landscape? Nah, landscape need good, solid shape design and 30 sec is not enough.

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    fersteger2 - Yeah i am kind of already feeling a little better about my pieces after doing a couple of these. I agree with the trail idea, i doubt i'll touch this image again, but i'll keep that in mind.

    fxEVo - Oh god i meant minutes not seconds sorry i was tired when i wrote that lol. I may knock it down to 15 minutes when i get up more confidence and become less hesitant. Thanks.

    Also guys and girls i'm embarking on a new study program inspired by Ben Franklin (although altered for art). It's basically a 13 week program where you take a subject for study and dedicate a whole week to it and nothing else. Then the next monday...switch topic. When the 13 weeks is up you go again; or if you want to maybe alter it so it's better.

    Here's what i think my list is going to be. 1. Perspective Exterior (example anything viewed from outside of it, like a car or a house or a gun, but from the outside perspective)
    2. Composition
    3. Landscapes
    4. Perspective Interior (inside of cabin, cockpit or structure)
    5. Figure Drawing Nude
    6. Light on Form
    7. Figure Drawing Clothed
    8. Animal anatomy
    9. Colour
    10. Drawing Heads
    11. Still life
    12. Drawing Hands
    13. Story-boarding

    Now Would you say that it's a better idea to alternate similar subjects so you get more variety and keep your mind fresher, or clump similar subjects together to keep in that ball park for longer?

    Also another piece. Hard to tell how long i've spent on it because photoshop has crashed twice and i've lost a lot of data each time and had to start go back and repaint stuff. Probably around 2 hours at a guess.

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    quick adjustment

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    LOL, 20-30 secs would be overkill.
    Anyway about new image I cant tell what is the flat surface of bottom, a lake or? There is no reflection or anything to tell so that's missing information.
    Upper corner on the right is being isolated from the rest, also the vertical and horizontal elements is dividing overall images into almost 4 equal pieces without any intention of symmetrical geometry shapes (painting of a gate or a front of building etc etc...)

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    Thanks FX, I'll revise that image.

    Done some more on the speed paint thing.

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